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War today

HISTORY

- Over 300 S2 pupils from Douglas Ewart High, Dumfries Academy and St Joseph's College in Dumfries and Galloway took part this week in the "State of Emergency" project which looks at modern war. Visible Fictions Theatre Company produced the online dramas (webisodes), illustrating the plight of a young woman caught up in the struggles of current conflict.

Two into one

RESEARCH

- Futurelab Education and the National Foundation for Educational Research are to merge and share resources. An NFER spokesman said the venture would create "a unique force for driving change in education".

New award

EMPLOYMENT

- Bathgate Academy in West Lothian, in partnership with the SQA, has developed a National Progression Award in supply chain operation. It is part of a project to develop pupils' employability skills for the logistics industry, and allows them to do work placements and take parts of the course in the workplace.

Media feedback

TECHNOLOGY

- The UK is to participate in a global experiment, based on the technology behind Twitter and Facebook, to find out how the social activity around online education content can be captured and fed back to users, creators and publishers. JISC and the HE Academy will work with the Learning Registry in America in the project funded by the US departments of education and defence.

Radio challenge

MODERN STUDIES

- BBC1's Question Time and Radio 4's Any Questions? have joined forces for the first time to allow young people to make their own programmes. Six winning schools will get the chance to work with BBC producers and presenters on Any Questions? or to produce a BBC webcast live from their school, which will also be broadcast by BBC Parliament. The competition is open to pupils aged 14-19. For more information: www.schoolsquestionsandanswers.co.uk.

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